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Rapist Alain Climent proposed to victim to avoid trial

A man who proposed to a woman he raped, after mistakenly believing she could not then give evidence against him, has been convicted of attacking her.

Alain Climent, 50, originally of Paris, raped the 52-year-old woman in Lanarkshire in November 2013.

He then raped her again at her home in Lanarkshire in March 2014, before sexually assaulting her a month later.

Climent will be sentenced later after being convicted of rape, sexual assault and assault charges.

At the High Court in Edinburgh, he was also convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice, breaching the peace and repeatedly breaching bail.

Campaign of terror

Following the first rape in November 2013, Climent appeared in court and was granted bail by a sheriff on the condition he did not contact the woman.

He ignored the court order and subjected the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, to a campaign of terror.

The court heard how he hid in the loft of the woman's home in March 2014 and jumped on her when she returned to the property, raping her for a second time.

In April 2014, Climent sexually assaulted the woman at a location in Lanarkshire. He also physically assaulted her.

The court heard that he was terrified of being jailed and attempted on various occasions to stop the woman from giving evidence against him.

On one occasion, he asked the woman to marry him because he thought wives could not give evidence against their husbands.

Repeated attacks

The woman told the court: "He said that if there was to be a court case, I would have to watch my back."

After a police investigation, Climent was charged with a number of offences against the woman and two others.

The crown alleged that he attacked two other woman in the Dundee area between August 2003 and September 2009.

The jury found there was not enough evidence to convict him of these offences but found him guilty of repeated attacks on the woman in Lanarkshire.

Judge Lord Glennie deferred sentence on Climent, who is a prisoner at HMP Addiewell in West Lothian, for reports.

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